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It’s the "Who’s Who" of 2015 – the "king of comedy" Lorne Michaels, the "boundary breaker" Kanye West, and "humor’s honest broker" Kevin Hart are just a few of the 100 people who made it into this year’s issue of Time Magazine’s "The 100 Most Influential People."
And as if he had chosen the person himself, Kanye West tops the list as the most influential.
West is no stranger in the arena of boldness, so as he graces the cover of Time, readers will be interested to know that it is the CEO of Tesla Motors, Elon Musk who contributed to the reasons behind choosing West.
"The dude doesn’t believe in false modesty, and he shouldn’t. Kanye’s belief in himself and his incredibly tenacity – he performed his first single with his jaw wired shut – got him to where he is today," wrote the engineer. Kim Kardashian’s husband would agree when Musk says, "Kanye’s been playing the long game all along, and we’re only just beginning to see why."
Also in Time’s "Titans" is West's other half, Kim Kardashian West (oh, don’t worry North isn’t next) whose reasoning was backed up by none other than Martha Stewart.
Dubbed "The first lady of #fame,"Stewart wrote "[Kim’s] Beautiful in an exotic, totally exaggerated way. Kim exudes energy, sexuality, drama, determination, impetuousness and happiness."
And as any Keeping Up With The Kardashians fan can attest, Martha added that "she and her famous, entrepreneurial siblings – shepherded by a savvy, tireless matriarch – have also expanded the very definition of family."
Just two months after the televised special of #SNL40, Lorne Michaels is honored as the "king of comedy" in the Titans group.
Michaels’ longtime friend and three-time Oscar winner Jack Nicholson wrote, "Hard to think of anyone more skilled at discovering extraordinary comedic performers, who have gone on to become household names in their own right. It’s no wonder SNL’s takes on current events have made headlines for 40 years."
Our girl T. Swift also made the list, which seems appropriate with "Shake It Off" becoming the motto of the year. And according to Mariska Hartigay, it is a promising attribute to carry.
"She illuminates our inner music that lets us dance to our own beat," wrote the SVU star who Swift actually named her cat after (Olivia Benson).
Other powerfully familiar names on this year’s list include He for She champion Emma Watson written by Jill Abramson, Empire creator Lee Daniels with a piece written by Oprah Winfrey, Boyhood director Richard Linklater written by Boyhood actor Ethan Hawke, comedienne Amy Schumer written by Tilda Swinton, Parks and Recreation’s Chris Pratt who according to Amy Poehler "is here to save us – from aliens, dinosaurs and general boredom."
Also, Kevin Hart, Julianne Moore, and Alexander Wang have all been chosen as our culture’s most influential.
Check out the full list of all the influential people from Titans, Pioneers, Artists, Leaders and Icons.